Slow Mac Mini – RSS the culprit

15 Feb
2011

For the past few weeks, my mac mini has been cursed by the spinning beachball of death.

My mac was so slow, I couldn’t perform simple operations like opening up a new browser window without waiting a minute or so. I was at my wits end and even tried erasing the HD and starting again, but to no avail.

Then I was looking at my bookmarks in Safari today and saw a strange figure of 2,496 beside my bookmarks bar. The RSS feeds that come with your mac – Apple News and so forth. These had been stored and were being updated every 30 minutes (default).

Simply removing these and killing the update command means every process on my mac is lightning fast once more.

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